The Buzz from Kosherfest
At first taste – We present some of our favorites:
Matzel Toff – A triple combo of toffee-chocolate matzah. Our favorite was dark chocolate with sea salt. We agree with Martha Stewart’s choice! And yes, it will be kosher for Passover.
Shiloh sauces – Béarnaise, Harissa and more; attractive bottles, terrific flavors. KosherEye foodie friend Ronnie Fein suggests this one as well.
Imani Chocolatiers – Parve chocolate and sprinkle dipped pretzels. So crunchy, so chocolatey and so beautiful!
Kind Fruit and Nut Bars – All natural, gluten and wheat free. New flavors – Apple Cinnamon & Pecan, Peanut Butter & Strawberry, Dark Chocolate Cherry Cashew.
Beit Yitzhak – 100% natural fruit spreads and jams from Israel.
Lily Bloom’s Kitchen – Decadent gourmet chocolate macaroons.
Strub's Banderilla Skewers – Skewers of sour gherkin, green olive, pearl onion, pepper slice. We pick this pickled paradise on a skewer.
Gus’ pickles – A New York classic!
Schmerling – Rich deep dark chocolate with hazelnuts- irresistible! Parve! Passover!
The Kosher Cook – Challah dough cover. We can’t wait to try this item!
We Toast Five New Spirits:
Bravo Sol Sangria and Pompillo Mojito, both pre-mixed ready to drink in a box.
Heering – New Heering Coffee liqueur and classic Heering Cherry liqueur; kosher.
Glenmorangie – Single malt scotch whiskey – recently kosher certified.
Moses Vodka – From Finland; gorgeous bottle, ultra premium vodka, kosher and kosher for Passover. Made from sugarcane.
Walders – Vodka & Vanilla Creamy Liqueur (read our full feature)
And more… Belgian Crepes, artisan breads, flavored sausages, Asian specialties, frozen ready to eat meals, pastries, ice cream, Greek yogurt, organic juices… We will be reviewing, featuring and sampling additional Kosherfest products in the coming weeks. We just couldn’t taste it all!
“Here Comes The Judge”…
How delighted we were to be invited to judge the Kosherfest 3rd Annual Chefs Culinary Competition. This year the competition was for Best Cold Appetizer. On the panel with us, (KosherEye co-founders Roberta Scher and Lois Held), were Dr. Ted Merwin, Dickinson College professor and Jewish food expert, and Gil Marks, James Beard award winning author, who just introduced his newest publication The Encyclopedia of Jewish Food.
Chef Salim Fysal of Dashkin Glatt Kosher Indian Bistro, Chef Albert Bijou of Heaven’s Kitchen Corporation, Chef Avram Wiseman of The Center for Kosher Culinary Arts, Chef Chef Pini Ben-Ari of U-Café
And the winner is…
Chef Avram Wiseman, who presented a filet of locally caught Long Island striped bass rubbed with a tandori spice mix, grilled and placed over a lentil salad. The fish was topped with a spicy pineapple salsa and plated with a tarragon vinaigrette dressed micro green salad. Sounds delicious? It was!